How good is the phono card in BAT pre-amps?
Anyone compared the phono card, the VK P3, to an outboard phono stage?
I am running a Cube SE right now with my VK 3ix pre-amp. I am considering selling the Cube and buying the P3 plus some really good NOS tubes in the pre-amp instead of an outboard phono stage.
What got me going on all this was a friends extensively modified 834p with some rare tubes I had in my system. That thing really made the system sing like never before. The image seperation, front to back layering, clarity and soundstaging were simply spectacular. It made the Cube sound closed in, congested and dense (as is not being able to seperate all the information as individual sonic events). Now that its out I find that I miss its performance and want to get it back, but on a more reasonable price point.
Other options are obviously an 834p to begin the upgrade/mod path on, a used BAT P5 or....?